Posts under Tag: sonoma
September 10 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Finally, I have returned to this series. Many apologies for letting The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly wither on the vine, so to speak, over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully my absolutely crazy schedule has settled in for a bit, and I’ll be able to keep things running on schedule. The Good My natural wine lovin’ buddy Hardy [...]

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I’m Back! Update On My Trip to California

I'm sure most of you have started wondering if I have fallen off the edge of the world after my prolonged absence and total radio silence since I returned from my trip to Napa and Sonoma. Well, I am here to report that I did not, in fact, fall off the edge of the world. I will fill in some [...]

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Getting My Feet on California Soil

The hardest part about relocating is the timing of trips into the perspective new job markets. Things never seem to work out in a manner that is both cost effective and time efficient. The perfect situation would be to have 5 or 6 interviews magically line up over the course of about a week, and each of those interviews be [...]

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A Vineyard You Can Walk In – Interview with Kaz from Kaz Winery

  Most of you already know by now that I'm a huge fan of Natural Wine. I love the expressiveness of a wine that has been allowed to be itself, rather than pounded and manipulated into submission by chemicals and additives. I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to talk with several great proponents of a more minimal intervention [...]

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Supporting Local Business, Sonoma Style

I love local businesses.  I would always prefer to go to Daybreak Coffee Roasters, a locally owned coffee shop, than to Starbucks, or to the Home Cafe instead of Chile's.  I like to support local entrepreneurs who are personally invested in their community, and who add a unique element to the community.  So, even though I live in West Texas, [...]

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Review: Marietta Old Vine Red Lot Number 50

I always love to get recommendations from friends about new wines to try out.  One of my friends told me that I should give the Marietta Old Vine Red that our local grocery store has been carrying recently.  He said that this was a great $12 Zinfandel, so when I decided to grill some steaks this weekend, I thought I [...]

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2006 St. George Sonoma County Chardonnay Barrel Reserve

I talked with a friend this week about playing around with taking some wine photos this weekend.  I had a few bottles of red wine, but wanted to grab a bottle of white to give us a little variety to work with.  Since this was really a last minute call, I decided to run over to a liquor store down [...]

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